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Comment Re:as loudly (Score 2) 459

You seem to enjoy ridiculing and stereotyping others, to a boomer like me that doesn't equate to someone who was "raised properly with manners". Speaking as a 50-something greybeard, there's only one sure fire way to consistently impress ALL greybeards, do what "Radar O'Riely" did in the show M.A.S.H, give him what he wants just before he asks for it. If you can do that you can come to work in a gorilla suit for all I care.

Comment Re:Your primary duty.... (Score 1) 1255

As a parent, you do what's best for your kids, and the public schools can go to hell if they are not the best option.

Epistemology is the study of how we "know" things, sadly a large chunk of the current population are unfamiliar with the term.

A democracy requires ordinary people to make very broad policy decisions. As grandparent I want those decisions to be informed, I want policy to be made using facts and figures, not feelings and fashions. Therefore demanding a public education for all IS doing the best you can for your children and grandchildren, the fact that it also benefits my neighbours children is just a happy side effect.

Having said that, there's also no reason a private student should receive less in government funds than a public student. Funding students equally via the school budget and allowing (accredited) public/private schools to compete for students seems to me the fairest and most efficient way to ensure all children receive a basic education that a functioning adult requires to get by in society. If the parent believes having a Catholic education on top of the basic public education is worth the extra money, then just maybe it's because they see some value in the extras. Also "extra" education does not just come from schools, I sent my son to boy scouts and he learnt a lot and enjoyed it for a few years, so who am I to say others can't pay to buy a broader education for their kids? - In fact I think a broad education is the best gift you can ever give a child.

The best thing my mother ever did for my education was to educate herself. Up to the age of 7 my mum had been a Sunday school teacher and my brother and I were in her class, suddenly we stopped going to Sunday school, I hated it so I didn't ask why until I was an adult myself. What she did in the way of explanation was to start reading me Aboriginal dreamtime stories at bedtime in place of bible stories. That was a pretty radical thing to do for a staunchly conservative woman in the 60's and very effective too since I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember. This is not to say that religious stories are unimportant, it just points out how confused things get when large numbers of people treat one particular story as the unadulterated truth from the ultimate authority and demonize the stories of others.

Link disclaimer: I self identify as a "greenie" not a libertarian, I just admire his intellectual honesty on this particular issue, it takes a big man to admit he was wrong and only a brave politician can afford to promote himself as "soft on drugs". I've never heard of him until I found the clip by accident a couple of days ago. If I was a yank I'd vote for him on this issue alone.

Comment Re:We should invade (Score 1) 140

As Winston Churchill once said something along the lines of... You can rely on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else. Point 6 (asking for congressional approval to go to war) is the RightThingToDo(TM). What you seem to be suggesting is that the POTUS should be able to do whatever the fuck he wants without consulting anyone, ie: a king or a dictator that barks orders. That's fine if you want that, but most of us want a democratic leader who is forced to answer to his fellow citizens before commiting them to war.

Comment Re:Math is hard (Score 1) 284

In my mind STEM is the next level of basic education after the three "R's". My solicitor has a BSc, therefore I can assume he has a good general knowledge of how the world around him woks. There's more to life than STEM but it's important because it makes it possible for others to spend more time creating the art that feeds our soul and keeps us entertained. More than ever before we live in a world where everyone is a specialist, people often see this as a "bad thing" but to me it just demonstrates that past STEM practitioners have given us much more useful knowledge than can possibly fit inside a single human head.

Comment Re:Human Arrogance (Score 1) 111

The only "arrogance" I am sick of is the arrogance of secularists who think human beings can somehow affect the weather.

Ever heard of "black rain", it falls from a type of manmade wether called "mushroom clouds". We have enough mushroom cloud machines to create a whole new season called "nuclear winter". Heating up the entire atmosphere/ocean system takes a bit longer but it's doable, in fact we have already pushed it up by a degree or two without really trying.

Comment Re:Now, for the other angle, is this treason? (Score 3, Interesting) 367

It is NEVER treason to expose government wrongdoing or unconstitutional behavior. It is NEVER treason to expose government coverups or lies. It is NEVER treason to disclose programmes that should have had proper congressional or public oversight but didn't. Everything so far disclosed has fallen into the above categories. If ever disclosing one of these wrongdoings or unconstitutional behaviors or coverups has put an operative or operation in jeopardy - then the blame rests solely on the shoulders of whoever perpetrated that cover up. Otherwise, any wrongdoing could be hushed up simply by entangling it with something else.

At least, that's my view as a Snowden and Manning supporter

Comment Re:Pseudoscience debunked? (Score 1) 374

Science is never about human experience

Poppycock, if people do not agree about what has been observed (ie: perceived by their brain) then science cannot exist. Science is a philosophy the has as it's foundation the assumption the "real world" not only exists but looks and behaves the same to all individuals. I think what you meant to say is that science is never about personal experience, having a guardian angle is not an experience other scientists can share, however how such apparitions form and take root in the human mind is certainly a valid field of scientific study, crazy ideas and flawed methods didn't stop the study of physics, chemistry, medicine, etc, so I don't see why it should stop the study of phycology.

Comment Re:Sounds good to me (Score 2) 555

If your child is not 'with it' enough to recognize the fact swallowing inedible objects is really really stupid and dangerous then they need constant supervision at all times.

ALL small children will put anything they find in their mouth, it's a hard wired instinctive behaviour that's starts as soon as they are born and is mostly gone by time they hit school. Very young babies spend most of their waking hours staring at their hands and punching themselves in the face in an attempt to figure out how to use their arms to get stuff into their face. And yes, you do have to keep an eye on them 24x7.

I cannot agree with the court. The were clearly marked not for children, the labels are aimed at the parents who buy them, not the kids that swallow them. If the problem is common then it probably indicates a low awareness of the hazard by parents so perhaps I can agree with withdrawing them from stores. However the product is in no way "defective" so I certainly don't agree the company (let alone the CEO personally) should be liable for the cost of recalling stock that was bought and sold legally and in good faith. To me that smacks of retrospective punishment.

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